Counties Ready For Karen

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Press Release: Gadsden County BOCC

Gadsden County is taking precautions as Tropical Storm Karen maintains strength in the Gulf of Mexico. The current forecast is that Tropical Storm Karen is maintaining its maximum wind speed of 65 mph, but has slowed movement. Tropical Storm Karen is expected to make landfall within the next 48 hours.

No evacuation or emergency orders are in effect at this time.
Gadsden County officials want to make sure all necessary steps are taken to ensure the safety of all citizens in the event of severe weather.
The Gadsden County Public Works Department will be on hand to provide sand bags to the public. Citizens can pick up their bags until 3:00 p.m. today. There will be someone available to help load the bags if necessary. The bags will be located at 1090 Post Plant Road, Quincy, FL. There is a 20 bag limit per vehicle.

The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office also wants to make sure residents are aware of the County’s special needs shelters. A special needs shelter provides more care and supervision than a general shelter to help meet your special needs during the event of severe weather or evacuation. If you need assistance with medication, electricity for life support, basic nursing care, oxygen therapy or assistance to evacuate, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office urges the residents of Gadsden County to seek out a special needs shelter in case of an emergency.

To register for a special needs shelter, contact Tashonda Whaley at (850) 875-8833

The shelter locations in Gadsden County include:
East Gadsden High School
27001 Blue Star Highway
Havana, FL 32333

West Gadsden High School
200 Providence Road
Greensboro, FL 32330

Havana Middle School
1210 Kemp Road
Havana, FL 32333

By: Bailey Myers
October 3, 2013

Tallahassee FL- Residents in Wakulla county are using history as a guide as to when Tropical Storm Karen could bring.

Several residents in the county and other parts of the Big Bend area faced flooding and storm damage last year, from Tropical Storm Debbie. emergency management teams are continuing to track the storm closely.

Keith Blackmar from the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management team said, "We continue to get information out to the public is necessary and if we need to do evacuations and things of that nature then we will start that process as well."

No evacuation announcements have been made. We've been told the Emergency Management teams are still monitoring the storm closely as it develops.

By: Emily Johnson
October 3,2013

Tallahassee,FL - As emergency trucks sit idle at the State of Florida Emergency Management center the State of Florida Emergency Management is treating this storm just like they do all of the other ones.

"We've begun doing conference calls with FEMA. We're going to do conference calls with the counties this afternoon and I have a phone call with the governor to brief him on the situation," says Florida State of Emergency Bryan Coon.

Emergency Management anticipates the storm could impact the panhandle sometime Saturday afternoon and is taking a look at the Big Bend for what residents could expect here. "We're looking at the potential for storm surge in the Big Bend area of Florida to the east of where the storm makes landfall," says Coon

Leon County Emergency Management Director Kevin Peters says it depends on the risk of the storm for what their plan of action will be.
"This morning we had a conference call with our city and county first response agencies as well as our non government partners such as American Red Cross," says Peters.

Stay up to day with Mike, Rob and Brittani at the PinPoint Weather Center for latest update on Tropical Storm Karen.

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